The Ex-Inter president is confident that Jose Mourinho is going to ‘be fun’ at Roma, whereas admitting that the former Tottenham manager is ‘similar’ to Antonio Conte.
is returning toSerie A
for the next season after his time atInter
in 2010, but this time asRoma
’s manager. The Portuguese was sacked byTottenham
last month after not delivering desirable results and has now agreed to manage the Serie A club.
I think Mourinho has been dealing with teams that didn’t have the quality to match his ambition, but seeing him back in Italy is certainly going to be fun,”
“Mou reminded me of Helenio Herrera before I brought him in. I am sure he’ll have a chance to do well at Roma without the pressure to get right back to the top, but I think he’ll do something surprising.
“It’s amusing to think of his return to Italy, I am just thinking of what he might say…”
The Portuguese tactician was famous for his touchline and press conference battle cry, although the former Inter president insists it didn’t use to be that intense.
“The image people have of Mourinho is like being in war, he was against everyone and everything, but inside the locker room he was a phenomenal professional.
“For example, during a game with Milan we had Wesley Sneijder sent off just before the break. There was chaos at San Siro, I went into the locker room at half-time and there was this incredible silence. He was very calm.
“I had expected him to be furious with the referee, instead he calmed the players so they would face the game with confidence, not feeling like they were already victims. At the end of the day, we won.
“Conte is more or less similar to Mourinho in that sense, they are both such hard workers. Conte has a very strong character, he managed to isolate the squad and go beyond the controversy or club problems to keep them focused.”
One of the problems is Inter joining the Super League, from which they departed within 48 hours.
“A similar idea was proposed to me many years ago by a group of new managers who were studying the project, but I found it to be too elitist. I would not have signed, no.”